As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to dominate headlines, the opioid crisis, another very real public health threat, seems to have become an issue of the past for many. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The reality is that the opioid epidemic is continuing, and in many cases has worsened in communities across the country.
U.S. life expectancy fell by an “unprecedented and shocking” 1.8 years between 2019 and 2020, a dramatic drop that experts say can only partly be blamed on the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. The drop, from a life expectancy of 78.8 years to 77 years, could also have come from existing issues with obesity,
From 2000 to 2016, the percentage of Americans dying of drug overdoses quadrupled, increasing essentially every year. Now some in the media want to say that the increases continued after President Trump took office. Although more policy changes are needed, the progress on slowing the epidemic since January 2017 is obvious and important. Since the 1990s, an opioid epidemic raged